It rained on Wednesday, so my plans to go foraging after running errands were thwarted (as was foraging on Thursday).
Instead, I decided to check out what was what in the garden, aka, what was growing and what wasn't.
And other "instead:" instead of going back yet again to the flower market (so tempting, I know, I know! but I've spent enough money there already), I decided to add whatever seeds I had to the pots. I planted some more Lettuce (indeed, I've collected a few leaves from the ones I planted already), Spinach, Sweet Trefoil, Mignonette, Tansy, Purslane and Coriander on the back balcony. On the front balcony, all is doing well, just planted a few more Marigold and Sorrel seeds. I also added two more seeds to each large planter of Hollyhock. Nothing came up, although one of the planters has some Dill growing :)
Made a wild pesto/spread with Milkweed leaves & immature flower buds and Lamb's Quarter that I foraged close to the mall. Added in Chickweed from my balcony garden, as well as Anise Hyssop and Basil for taste, also from my garden. Just love the taste of fresh herbs!! A bit of almond butter was the healthy fat I decided to use, then pureed it all--- so tasty with veggie crudites, in other words, raw cut up veggies like cuke, zuke and celery. Delish!! although I did find the dip tasted best on the first day it was made. 2nd day was OK, not as fresh, and by 3rd day, it was wearing out its welcoming flavor.
Sipping on a leaky gut/candida tea at the moment: 2 parts nettle, 1 part violet leaf, 1 part pau d'arco and 1/2 part plantain. Added in a bit of Prunella to stimulate the lymphatic system, but not necessary if you don't have it. In TCM, Prunella is used to help with liver/gallbladder issues, and in Western herbalism is seen as being an alterative, meaning working as a general heal-all for all body systems. She's also been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, vermifuge and stomachic actions. Read more here.
Happy to be sipping on Nettle, she's a SUPERFOOD Queen-of-Herbs for sure. High in calcium, iron, protein, minerals ---nourishes kidneys/adrenals, now who doesn't need help in that area? Lots do! And Nettles are super easy to grow, they take a bit of time to germinate, about 6 weeks I'd say, but once they're growing, Bingo! I planted 2 pots and another larger one by the side of the house and they are all coming in, YAY! Hoping to get another good bunch of Nettles later on in the summer at Bellefield...
Foraging at work was ho-hum, not much Violets or even Dandy around (shocking, I know), probably because there hasn't been that much rain. It rained one day, yes, but the earth is quite dry still. I did get a good bunch of Prunella, maybe about 2-3 mason jars worth. They are tiny little things, you know, and the part you want is the flowering top. I know the Chinese variety is much larger than the ones here, but they all work fine just the same :)
Got some wild and not so-wild edibles to make another mean green pesto/spread: leaves from Daisy Fleabane and Loosestrife (wild) and leaves from Hostas (2 varieties, not wild). Will probably buy some fresh Basil from the health food store, as I've picked enough leaves for now from the plants growing on the balcony ;)
Might dig up the garden tomorrow at work, now where did I leave those seeds? July is almost upon us, so I'm thinking green tomatoes might not be so interesting come fall, but greens and radishes would be great. To be seen...
Hoping to explore Buckthorn woods and get in some Red Clover next week. Milkweeds are coming in now and there are still Roses that I can collect! Haven't been foraging so much Roses this year, still have plenty from last year, but then I was thinking that I could use some Rose floral water, and fresh ones are best to use for that...
All for now, m'dear sunshine! See you next time around, and...keep shinin' around :)
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